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Physical description

A cylindrical wooden club with the distal end rounded and shaved flat on one side and the proximal end faceted with a 130mm band of incised hatching. The surface is burnished and incised with a variety of birds, turtles and fish and some non figurative motifs. An image of a soldier and a rifle are shown and a Chinese man is depicted carrying baskets on a pole across his shoulders along with a man in a waistcoat holding a large snake.

Statement of significance

The Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection comprises 260 Aboriginal artefacts including weapons, ornaments and stone implements.

The Professor Henry and Luise Krips collection comprises a wide range of artefacts from all mainland states and the Northern Territory. Henry Krips was a symphony orchestra director and his work often took him and his wife Luise to Europe and Great Britain where they would purchase artefacts for their collection and bring them back to Australia.

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